About Us

Our Mission

Helping therapists feel organized, efficient, and appreciated by providing access to virtual medical assistants and a network of flexible jobs so that they can achieve job satisfaction and freedom.: 

Our Vision

A world where all people receive the highest standard of focused, quality care when regaining or maintaining independence and dignity.

Our Values

  • Autonomy: The difference we each possess is what makes us unique. We foster an environment of independence and flexibility for therapists to fit their needs.
  • Transparency: We are upfront and visible with the actions that we take. We provide agencies and therapists with open lines of communication.
  • Altruism: We are committed to serving our communities and promoting the well-being of others. Without you, we would cease to exist.
  • Respect and Compassion: We guide patients toward independence with dignity. We are where professionalism meets individualized personal care.

Why choose Essential Healthcare Staffing?

The Essential Way

We make it easy for therapists to provide services in their area of choice, as much, or as little, as they like. We strive to make this process effortless by networking for you!

Therapist Owned

The Essential Core is a rehabilitation team: Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Registered Nurse. We have a combined 35 years experience of shared values, standard of care, and documentation.

Variety of Jobs

We maintain great relationships with health care providers locally and nationally. We receive daily staffing requests with a variety of settings, schedules, and locations.

Meet the Founders

Michael Flood
Michael Flood
Cofounder and Speech Language Pathologist

Michael Flood often says, “I was blessed. Speech Language Pathology found me.” As a full-time student athlete, playing football (2004 Division II National Champion), he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Communication Disorders from Valdosta State University. From the beginning he realized that his goal was to be a medical Speech Language Pathologist and own a business. When Michael is not in the office, he can be found providing treatments for his favorite components of Speech Language Pathology: dysphagia, motor speech disorders, and voice. He has managed and practiced in multiple settings, but has found the home-health setting to be most rewarding. As a strong believer in physical and mental fitness he enjoys spending time outdoors, exercising, creating music, and traveling anywhere he can. Above all, the most valuable time spent is with his family and friends.

Avigdor Goldman

Avigdor Goldman

Cofounder and Occupational Therapist

Avigdor Goldman was teaching children with autism for Oakland Unified School District when he began working with the occupational therapist. He realized that an occupational therapist had the greatest impact on children’s profound behaviors, and he decided to become an occupational therapist. He began taking courses at night while working full time. After completing his Master’s degree, he worked in many settings, from a brain-injury facility, SNF, acute hospital, mental health, and most recently in patients’ homes. His wife is a home-health physical therapist and they work hard balancing between treating patients, writing reports, and their two rambunctious daughters. Avi is a strong proponent of providing home-health services as an occupational therapist, “Occupational Therapists belong in the home health setting; there is nothing more functional than helping people achieve their independence where it is most meaningful.”

For Therapists

Essential Healthcare Staffing fosters an environment in which you the determine your daily schedule, the size of your caseload, and how much money you want to earn.

It doesn’t matter if you are an employee or contractor, Essential’s daily goal is to provide you with the same level of care and dedication that you provide your patients.


Our commitment is to you, the therapist, whether it’s aiding with the development of your career or helping achieve financial goals, we are here for you.

Essential currently has partnerships with Home Health Agencies throughout the Northern California region. Inquire about opportunities in other settings!


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For Agencies

Essential Healthcare Staffing can provide you with a network of therapists to fill your staffing needs.


As an agency, you have many options to choose from to meet your staffing needs. By choosing to work with Essential, you gain a partner for life. We tailor your experience to make it as seamless as possible.

We invest our time in aligning your goals with our daily actions. Our goal is to be an extension of your Human Resource Department; your first and last contact for any staffing needs.


Collectively and continuously focusing on the details and what is important to your organization is our standard.

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